Tecumseh – Slowly but surely the Nemaha Natural Resources District board of directors is filling out its membership. During their regular meeting on Thursday, February 12, the board voted to appoint Alan Romine from Falls City to fill the vacancy inSubdistrict 10, which was left vacant when no one filed to run for the spot in the 2014 general election. Romine’s term will extend through the end of 2016, when state law mandates it must come up for election again to complete the last two years of the four-year position.
Still Time to Register for March 7 Southeast Nebraska Polar Plunge at Auburn to Aid Special Olympics
Three teams consisting of 10 persons have registered to participate in the Saturday, March 7, Southeast Nebraska Polar Plunge in Auburn, reported Katy Ryan, director of development, Special Olympics Nebraska. You may sign up through the 2 p.m. start of the fifth annual event at Auburn Legion Memorial Park. It involves entering the icy water of a industrial-sized dumpster either. You may participate as an individual or part of a team. Ryan continued signing up closer tothe time is typical of the Auburn event.
Bobcat women’s cross country head coach Katy Billings recently announced the signing of Peru State’s fourth recruit for the 2015 season. Emily Slama (Peru), a current Peru State student and 2014 Auburn High School graduate, signed her letter of intent to officially become a Bobcat cross country team member. With Slama’s signing, Coach Billings will have 11 runners next fall, the most ever for a Bobcat squad.
The Johnson-Brock Eagles took a 7-11 record into their Tuesday night, Feb. 24, Subdistrict D2-1 opener against 10-12 Parkview Christian at Auburn High School. Friday night, Feb. 20, the Eagles concluded their home schedule with a 40-60 loss to Mead, which raised its season record to 18-3. “Although the scoreline shows differently, this was a very competitive game. A few plays here and there really made the difference. Mead scored at the end of the first, second and third quarter, which would cause huge hits to our momentum. I thought our boys played really hard, kept our turnovers down (only 11) and played well in spurts. We still had a few too many lapses and it cost us in the end. Mead is one of the most fundamentally sound teams we have played, and this game was a great prep for subdistricts this week,” Eagles Coach Nick Krenk commented.
Kenneth Stanley Shepherd was the first born son to Mable Dora (Lewis) and Lester Wilbur Shepherd on November 5, 1928 in Villisca, Montgomery County, Iowa. He lived on a farm near Villisca, and attended school in Villisca until he was 15 years old. His family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where Kenny attended Central High School. He worked for 10 years at a Hinky Dinky store in Omaha as Assistant Manager in Produce. Kenneth joined the Navy Reserve in 1947 and was discharged in June of 1957. He enjoyed his time in the Reserve. In 1950 Ken married Peggy Ashton. They had three children: Henry Kenneth, Leslie Dean, and Wendy Lynn. They later divorced. Kenny traveled to Herman, Nebraska where he worked on a farm as a hired hand for 2½ years. In 1960 he moved back to Council Bluffs, Iowa and worked for a year at Midwest Walnut Company. The next year he dried eggs for the government. Ken wed Francis Poulson in 1961 and they became the parents of a daughter, Wendy Lynn. They later divorced. It was 1962 when he began his career in construction as a laborer for Labor Union #1140. For the next 19 years he worked with Peter Kiewitt & Sons Construction, building hospitals, power plants, and schools. He was particularly proud of his work on the Woodman Building and Crossroads and Southroads malls in Omaha. Kenneth loved construction work, and also enjoyed farming when he could. In 1967 Kenny moved to Brownville, Nebraska to work on the Cooper Nuclear Station during its construction. He worked there for just over 7 years. He worked for 2½ years at the coal plant near Nebraska City before returning to Cooper Nuclear Station and serving as Head Custodian for 8 years. Ken retired in March of 1991. Kenneth married Donna R. Pebley of Brownville in 1977. He would live out his life with her in Brownville. Even after retirement Ken stayed busy. He worked doing odd jobs for the town of Brownville, and also had a mowing business. He loved mowing, and was active in the business until 2012 when his health began to fail. Kenny was a hard worker, always taking pride in any and every job he had. Kenneth entered the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Nebraska on February 16, 2015. He passed away there the following day, Tuesday, February 17, at the age of 86 years, three months, and 12 days. He was preceded in death by his mother, father Lester, step-father Everett “Slim” Cozad, brother Robert Wilbur, sister Florence Elizabeth, granddaughter Erica Dawn Towne, and two sons, Kenneth, Jr. and Leslie Dean. He is survived by his wife Donna of Brownville; son Henry Kenneth of Grant Pass, Oregon; daughters Wendy Lynn Thompson of Citrus Heights, Calif., Wendy Lynn (Bill) Payne of Missouri Valley, Iowa; brothers Dwayne (Lorinda) Cozad of Cottage Grove, Minn., Darwin Cozad of Villisca, Iowa; sister Linda (Roy) Bryen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; grandchildren Nikki Shepherd, Chantel Russell, Garrett and Bryce Thompson, and Brittney Payne; and several great-grandchildren. He also is survived by special niece and nephew Karrington Miles of Lincoln, Neb. and Brent Miles of Kansas City, Mo. Kenny will also leave a host of friends and extended family. A funeral service was Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Bob Chitwood. Special music was provided by Jody and Charlie Anderson. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery at Brownville, with graveside military honors provided by American Legion Post #23 of Auburn and the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
Sylvia Ella (Grable) Fass, one of three daughters of Julius E. and Ella H. (Volker) Grable, was born September 21, 1925 on a farm near Humboldt, Nebraska. She was baptized October 11, 1925 at St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church, and confirmed February 11, 1940 at the same church. Sylvia attended Prairie Hill School near her home. On October 16, 1947 Sylvia was united in marriage to Orval Glen Fass at Long Branch Church by Rev. Harm Bents. They made their home on Orval’s family farm, where they both would live out their lives. The couple was blessed with five children: Harley, Rosalie, Harold, Arlen, and Marlys. Sylvia devoted her life to raising her children, running the household, and helping on the farm. Later in life she did some babysitting for her grandchildren. After her marriage Sylvia became a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church south of Johnson, Nebraska. A member for almost 70 years, she was active in the Women of the ELCA and the quilting group at the church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking and canning. Sylvia would always put family first in her plans. In October of 2014, after a fall, Sylvia entered the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn for rehabilitation. On February 20, 2015 she was admitted to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Nebraska, where she passed away two days later on Sunday, February 22. She had reached the age of 89 years, 5 months, and 1 day. Her parents, husband Orval, infant sister Alberta, and sister Berneda Holthus preceded her in death. Sylvia is survived by her children Harley and wife Mary Ann Fass of Ashland; Rosalie and husband Don Hitzeman of Humboldt; Harold and wife Kathy Fass of Auburn; Arlen Fass of Hickman; Marlys Fass of Omaha; grandchildren Cameron Fass, Carissa and Regina Hitzeman, Michael and wife Angie Fass, Megan and husband Ryan Kraemer, Kristin Fass, Clinton Fass, and Eric and wife Amanda Fass; great-grandchildren Jaden, Abraham, Braxton, Ryder, Ava, Tristan, and Isaac; other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church south of Johnson. Special music by the church choir and congregational hymns were accompanied by Joan Bohling. Casket bearers were Clinton Fass, Eric Fass, Mike Fass, Steve Lunzmann, Calvin Holthus, and Pete Eggers. CameronFass was honorary bearer. Burial was in the church cemetery. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.